Forward regulatory plan

Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) forward regulatory plan for 2019 to 2021:

  • is a publicly available list, with descriptions, of planned or anticipated regulatory changes (regulatory initiatives) that IRCC intends to propose or finalize within a 2 year period
  • may include regulatory initiatives that are planned to come forward over a longer time frame and that are indicated as long-term

Some of the initiatives in this plan may be associated with IRCC’s multi year plan to review its existing regulations (stock review plan).

Forward regulatory plans are intended to help Canadians, including businesses, Indigenous peoples and trading partners, plan for:

  • opportunities to provide their feedback during regulatory development
  • future regulatory changes

The forward regulatory plan briefly describes each regulatory initiative and includes information such as:

  • who may be affected by a regulatory initiative
  • regulatory cooperation efforts undertaken or planned
  • opportunities for public consultation
  • links to related information or analysis
  • IRCC’s contact information

The forward regulatory plan will be updated over time to reflect, for example:

  • progress in regulatory development
  • changes to IRCC’s regulatory priorities or its operating environment

Consult IRCC’s acts and regulations web page for:

  • a list of acts and regulations administered by IRCC
  • further information on IRCC’s implementation of government-wide regulatory management initiatives

Consult the following for links to the Cabinet Directive on Regulation and supporting policies and guidance, and for information on government-wide regulatory initiatives implemented by departments and agencies across the Government of Canada:

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit:

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